If the writers behind Grey’s Anatomy thought they were going to please their lesbian viewers by giving Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) a baby by Callie’s ex Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), their plans may have backfired dramatically.
“I loved Callie and Arizona as a couple before Callie got pregnant,” CherryGRRL.com TV editor Danielle Cruz tells Wetpaint. “They were cute, they were sexy with each other, they complimented each other — in short, they were fun to watch. Then the Mark shagging happened and Callie got knocked up. The lesbians-getting-pregnant-via-a-man storyline is the oldest, most tired cliché in the lesbian universe. It's like ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ mixed with a villain in a movie explaining his nefarious plans in detail before achieving them. Actually, I can't even adequately describe how old and annoying it is, but that will have to do.”
Cruz notes that the pregnancy actually shifted focus away from the soon-to-be-married couple, instead of intensifying the focus on them. “Once Callie got pregnant with Mark's spawn, she started acting really selfish and shitty to Arizona, and everything started to revolve around Mark. The pregnancy really soured me on them, to the point where I stopped being excited for Thursdays and instead started inwardly rolling my eyes at having to watch GA on my DVR.”
Asked if she thought her feelings were shared by lesbian Grey's Anatomy fans, Cruz emailed, “I think the feeling is somewhat prevalent, yes, and I think it has a little to do with age/lifestyle, but more to do with people expecting women especially to always want babies. Always. So if you have two women together, they won't last a year on television without getting saddled with a kid. That's what we all want, after all. Blah. It becomes the sole focus of their lives and sexiness stops. Who wants to watch two hot women wipe up drool and argue about breast milk? Wouldn't you rather watch them, I don't know, do anything else?”
Wetpaint’s own Joe Roch counters, “I think one needs to look at it in the context of a show which, in my opinion, is not an accurate reflection of real life by any stretch of the imagination. I mean, doesn't Meredith [Ellen Pompeo] almost die in every season? So to throw in a kind of soapish narrative device with this baby storyline doesn't seem out of place to me.
“And also, I think there's something to be said about unorthodox family structures. I think, oftentimes, gays (and lesbians) are too easy to pigeon-hole themselves with labels. ‘I'm a lesbian, and I only sleep with women,’ etc — I mean, the character who's knocked up: hasn't she kind of always questioned her sexuality? I think maybe the storyline makes a case (albeit, flawed) for fluid, non-conformative forms of sexuality, and for alternative family structures.”